Facing the Gulf of Mexico on Lido Beach, this quiet, family-friendly Sarasota resort features 600 feet of private white-sand beach; upscale shops and restaurants of St Armands Circle are 1 mile away.
This Longboat Key resort is on the beach, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cannons Marina, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Beer Can Island and Lido Beach. Cortez Beach and Brandenton Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Pinecraft, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Sarasota Commons Shopping Center and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Bobby Jones Golf Complex and Sarasota Memorial Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Bradenton Beach condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Brandenton Beach and Manatee Public Beach. Cortez Beach and Bradenton Beach Marina are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Tropical Beach Resorts is located on Florida's Siesta Key barrier island. Just across the road is Crescent Village with its restaurants and shops, while hiking, biking trails, and a golf course are within easy reach. For culture buffs, the Ringling Museum of Art is in Sarasota, 25 minutes by car.
Located in Central Sarasota, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Florida Studio Theatre and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Sarasota Jungle Gardens and St. Armands Circle are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Central Sarasota, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy and Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Main Street at Lakewood Ranch and Mall at University Town Center. Legacy Golf Club is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.
This villa is located in Siesta Key (Siesta Key Village), close to the beach, Siesta Key Public Beach, St. Armands Circle, and South Lido Park. Local attractions also include Lido Beach and Crescent Beach.
Situated in Bradenton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of DeSoto Square and Heather Hills Golf Course. McKechnie Field and Manatee Players are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Sarasota, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ca’ d’Zan and John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Marina Jack and Lido Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).
12 minutes from Venice by car and 30 from Sarasota, this boutique hotel is perfectly located near the Gulf Coast. Guests can visit the white sands of Nakomis Beach. Myakka River State Park and the "shopping island" of St. Armand's Circle are both within a half-hour drive.
Beautiful recent renovations. Quiet and clean rooms. Friendly front desk. Negatives.. Road construction out front. Tricky small showers. Room Still smells like paint. Would def stay again overall
Our stay started off with the front desk clerk giving us the wrong directions to our room... The room had new carpet, which was nice, but the bathroom was in bad shape and desperately needed an update. The price was high for the low quality of service and the condition of the room.
Absolutely gorgeous view! Right on beach. Cant believe how pretty it is.
The first room they gave us, the carpet was all wet and it smelled like someone had died in there. Nothing had been cleaned, only the beds were made.
According to a local legend, Sarasota was once named Zara Zota, which is believed to mean “the Sahara by the blue waters.” This moniker is an apt description of the expanse of white sandy beaches washed by the warm azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Comprised of 99 percent pure crystal quartz, these spellbinding beaches are among the whitest on the planet.
This idyllic emerald coast setting has attracted adventurers and romantics since the late 19th century, including John Ringling who selected the area as the winter quarters for his traveling circus in 1911. Sarasota's historic buildings and modern edifices, such as the Wilson Building, have influenced architects around the world. This seaside community also has an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and comfortable accommodations.
In keeping with its motto, Sarasota maintains a small-town atmosphere while providing a range of big city amenities.
Guests of Sarasota hotels can relax on the beach, experience a variety of exciting water sports, and watch colorful sunsets. Popular events like the annual Classic Sand Sculpting Competition attract visitors from around the globe. Head offshore on a deep-sea fishing or dolphin-watching cruise. Golfers can hone their skills on one of more than 60 courses. Sarasota also serves as a spring training center for Major League Baseball. The sports complex hosts a variety of events, such as car shows and concerts. Entertainment venues like the historic Asolo Theater and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall feature a variety of musical and theatrical productions. Designed by an architect who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright, the Van Wezel includes a color scheme selected by Mr. Wright's widow.
Sarasota has some of the world's finest museum collections. The majestic estate constructed for circus owner John Ringling is now home to Cà d'Zan, his opulent Venetian Gothic 56-room mansion as well as the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and the Circus Museum. The art museum's collection displays the works of American, Asian and European masters. The Circus Museum chronicles the rich heritage of this live performance show. The collection of artifacts and trails of the 30-acre Spanish Point historic site encompass over 5,000 years in the region. Jungle Gardens features more than 10 acres of lush exotic plants from around the globe, including many rare and endangered species. The tanks of the Mote Aquarium are home to amazing sea creatures that inhabit the nearby waters, such as sharks, sea turtles and dolphins, along with a variety of tropical fish.
The food, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and entertainment of the contemporary Ringling International Arts Festival signal the advent of the local festival season. The epicurean Forks and Corks Festival features a delightful range of tasting events. A frequent backdrop for movies and television shows, Sarasota is the host city for a regional film festival each spring. The early fall Sarasota Chalk Festival highlights the talents of artists using this colorful medium. There are numerous other cultural festivals and celebrations held throughout the year.
Sarasota has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. As a result, January through April is the peak season due to the area's most inviting weather. In addition to being the dry season, this period features temperatures in the mid-70s to low-80s. Evening lows average in the 50s. Late spring through summer is the off-season due to significant rainfall and high temperatures, which can reach the upper 90s. Summer afternoon storms are common. Temperatures and rainfall begin to moderate during the October to December “shoulder season.”
Guests of Sarasota hotels can reach this charming destination by air or car. Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is located approximately five miles northwest of downtown, and is served by several major and commuter airlines. Visitors can easily reach Sarasota from Interstate 75, which is situated five miles to the east. The Tamiami Trail, or US 41, is a major north-to-south route through Sarasota, and provides easy access to all that “Paradise” has to offer.
Circus lovers, southern belles and beach lovers can all find enjoyment in this lovely city of the Sunshine State.